Getting a new dog is such a fun time, and it's also full of things to do and never-ending questions.
One of the most significant choices you're likely to make when it comes to your new playful pup is what to name him.
After all, whatever your dog's name is, the odds are good that you'll say it a lot, and in public, no less.
So, make sure you decide on a name you're comfortable saying aloud all of the time.
A lot of dog owners opt to name their dogs something that celebrates their dogs' personalities.
For this reason, you might want to wait a little bit after getting your dog before you name him.
This way, you have some time to see how he acts and what personality he develops.
But, if you opt for this method for naming your pup, just make sure you don't wait too long. You want your friend to start learning his name as soon as possible.
Naming your dog is undoubtedly a big decision.
Still, it's also exciting since it means you're welcoming a new, furry friend into your life.
If you adopt your pup or get him from another family, he may already have a name.
If you like the name your dog has, you might decide to leave things the way they are. Easy peasy. In this case, your pooch already knows his name and is used to responding to it.
However, if you don't particularly care for your pup's existing name, there's no reason you can't change it. You just have to make sure you go about it the right way.
In other words, change his name wherever you need to (on his items, any vet or grooming records he may have, etc.), and of course, teach him his new name.
If you opt to give your dog a new moniker, ensure you start teaching it to him immediately. You don't want your canine companion to get confused.
Inspiration for your dog's new name comes from many places.
You can name him after your favorite book or movie character, favorite food, coloring, or simply because you like the sound of a particular name.
No matter what name you choose, it's sure to be a perfect fit for your pooch.
Whether you already know what you want to call your boy dog, or you have no clue, there are tons of choices to pick from out there.
Here are 30 of the best boy dog names (in alphabetical order), with a few helpful pointers and tips when it comes to finding the perfect name for your pooch:
While you need to name your dog for obvious reasons --identification, pet records, calling him back when he runs after a squirrel-- it's also fun to show off your pup's name in stylish ways.
For instance, you can put your dog's name or initials on his dog bed, his dog bowl, collar, and anywhere else you want.
Another essential purchase is an ID tag for your dog.
Include your dog's name and your phone number on the tag, so if your dog gets lost, he has a better chance of making it home to you quickly.
Even if a dog is microchipped, wearing a collar with an ID tag is an extra precaution that can help him return to you safely.
You can buy an ID tag at the pet store, order one online, or make one using an ID tag machine at many large retailers like Wal-Mart.
Your dog will likely catch on to his name pretty fast, especially since you will use it often when you refer to him.
The best way to get your dog to know its name is to say the name repeatedly.
Link it to every command when training your dog, and in the beginning, reward your pup whenever he acknowledges his name.
Simply state your dog's name in a positive tone of voice, and as soon as he looks at you, give him a yummy treat.
He'll catch on soon enough that this word you keep saying is how you identify him and that he should respond to it whenever you say it.
You might find the perfect name for your dog on this list, or you may come up with a different one; it's up to you!
Take your time so you can find the best fit for your pooch. Start by picking out your ten favorites, then test them aloud in a variety of ways.
Finally, see how you feel when calling the name out loud at the dog park.
Once you have your top ten, think carefully about each name, and narrow down your list to your top five choices.
Eventually, you'll narrow your list down even further, coming up with your top three. At this point, it might be helpful to get some feedback from some trusted friends and family.
Don't forget to run your top three names by your pup too. After all, your dog might gravitate toward one name more than the others.
If he seems to really like one of them, then you might have found your winner!